I do rodent rescue (mainly deal with rats) and have been involved with many rat rescues. And am a rodent enthusiast.
Please do NOT use pine or cedar bedding. They ARE bad for ALL small animals.
Also, NEVER use clay cat litter. It is FAR too dusty for rats, and any other rodent. They have very delicate respiratory systems.
The only safe shavings are aspen (I use that). You can also use feline pine and yesterdays news. Don't use newspaper, doesn't hold odors at all and is messy!!
For my rats cage (They have a really large ferret cage) I line the shelves with fleece, and then they have their litter boxes with aspen. Its very easy to litter train rats, but you CANNOT use cat litter!!
And I wanted to mention, rats are EXTREMELY social animals and its not fair for them to live alone. They THRIVE off of rat companionship. And even if you could spend the entire day with your rat, its still unfair for them to live alone.
|tried this 'cotton type' stuff earlier this year,
That would be carefresh.